Hands Are Not For Hitting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

There are many things we can do with our hands. Hitting should never be one of them. In this lesson, we will read the book ''Hands Are Not for Hitting'' by Martine Agassi, and we'll learn about the many good things we can do with our hands.

Lesson Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Name good things that we can do with our hands
  • Create a hand cut-out for a class poster


35-40 minutes

Curriculum Standards


With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.


  1. Copy of the book Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
  2. Crayons or markers for each student
  3. Drawing paper for each student
  4. Scissors
  5. Large piece of poster board
  6. Paste or tape


Begin by introducing the book to the class.

  • Look at the cover of the book and read the title. Ask students what they think the book might be about. Allow for brief discussion.
  • Identify the author and illustrator and discuss the jobs of each.

Next, read the book to the class.

  • This book lends itself to a lot of natural discussion along the way. Be sure to stop on the appropriate pages to discuss the questions asked and talk about the pictures in the book.
  • Also, be sure to allow students to physically participate when the book suggests that they do so.

When you are finished reading, revisit the book by discussing the following questions:

  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What was the lesson the author wanted us to learn from this book?
  • What are some of the positive things we can do with our hands?
  • How can we use our hands to communicate with other people?
  • How can we use our hands to help? To show we care? To take care of ourselves?
  • What should we never use our hands for? Why?


Begin by preparing students for the activity.

  • At the top of the poster board, write the sentence ''Hands Are Not for Hitting'' (just like the title of the book).
  • Give each student a piece of drawing paper and a marker or crayon.
    • Have each student trace his/her hand (open handed) onto the drawing paper.
    • Once drawn, ask students to carefully cut out the hands they've traced.
  • Revisit the lesson in the book by discussing the many good things we can do with our hands. Write these ideas on the board as students share them.

Next, have students complete the activity individually.

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